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The impact of female employment on male wages and careers: evidence from the English banking industry, 1890-1941

Seltzer, Andrew (2011) The impact of female employment on male wages and careers: evidence from the English banking industry, 1890-1941. In: Modern and comparative economic history seminar, 20th October 2011, London School of Economics and Political Science. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The late 19th and early 20th century British labour market experienced an influx of female clerical workers. Employers argued that female employment increased opportunities for men to advance; however, most male clerks regarded this expansion of the labour supply as a threat to their pay and status. This paper examines the effects of female employment on male clerks using data from Williams Deacon’s Bank covering a period 25 years prior and 25 years subsequent to the initial employment of women. It is shown that within position women were substitutes for men, although the degree of substitutability was less for older men than for juniors. In addition, the employment of women in routine positions allowed the Bank to expand its branch network, creating new higher-level positions, which were almost always filled by men.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Official URL: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/economicHistory/seminars/Mod...
Additional Information: © 2011 The author
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2011 09:38
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/38977/

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